George Wallace: Inaugural Address as Governor

(1963)

About the Author

Born in Clio, Alabama, in 1919, Wallace got his first taste of politics as a legislative page in his teens, and he became enraptured. He matriculated at the University of Alabama Law School at age eighteen, graduating in 1942. Wallace then entered the U.S. Army Air Forces and served for three years during World War II. In a show of political ambition, he decided to remain an enlisted man rather than becoming an officer, reasoning that there were more enlisted men than officers in the voting pool, and so remaining an enlisted man would help his political aspirations....

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George Wallace (left) attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama (Library of Congress)

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